A tremendous amount of research is still required to make electric vehicles an economically viable option for most consumers, but that presents a rare opportunity for investors looking to establish themselves in the sector, according to an engineer who specializes in hybrid-electric powertrains.
PhD student Anas Labak worked through an entire night assembling a new portable solar-powered digital LED lighting system for his industrial partners at a local manufacturing firm. The fact that he was able to see what he was doing for all that time – unlike the potential customers the system is aimed at – wasn’t lost on him, or his partner.
“There are two billion people in the world who don’t have any energy at all,” said Steve Pokrajac, president of Tesla Digital Lighting Systems.
The promise of the Centre for Engineering Innovation definitely helped to convince Sarah Kwiatkowski to study at the University of Windsor. Now the promise is being fulfilled for the second-year electrical engineering major.
“I am so excited about having everything in one place—classes, labs, professors’ offices,” she says. “This building played a huge role in my decision to come here.”
Editor's note: this is one of a series of articles about students who were involved in cool research, scholarly or creative activity this summer.
One of the most troubling dilemmas for collectors of fine art comes in discerning between genuine paintings and forgeries, but modern science is taking some of the guesswork out of the process. A pair of students recently spent two weeks at Cambridge University in England using state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging techniques to analyze rare pieces by some of the world’s best-known painters.
Michael Ala got a head start on his engineering career Wednesday.
A recent graduate of Central Public School heading to Massey Secondary this fall, he toured an open house displaying the capstone projects of fourth-year students in electrical and computer engineering—and came away impressed.
“I have always had an interest in this aspect of engineering,” he said. “Today was really educational and enjoyable.”
Imagine a device that alerted blind people they are about to walk into an obstacle, or that could tell identify for them approaching individuals. A group of UWindsor engineering students is working to turn this science fiction into reality.
The group designed a belt that vibrates to indicate to wearers the location of an obstacle nearby. It also incorporates a camera and an existing face recognition program to identify people and whisper their names to the user.
Amir Mehrabi, who completed his B.A.Sc. in electrical engineering in August 2011, received the 2012 Governor General’s Silver Medal, given at Spring Convocation to the undergraduate student who has achieved the highest academic standing in the graduating class.